Eddie Murphy to Be Honored with the First Comedy Icon Award

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Forget recent flops like "Norbit" and "Meet Dave" and remember for a moment why Eddie Murphy is a comedy legend.

From his first appearances on "Saturday Night Live" to "48 Hrs.," "Trading Places," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Coming to America" and a lifetime of stand up, the comedian has secured his place on the top.

Comedy Central knows this well, as the the network has decided to grant the funnyman with the first-ever Comedy Icon Award, to be handed out at the inaugural Comedy Awards. MTV and Comedy Central teamed up for the new awards show to spotlight emerging talents and classic acts in the world of comedy. What better way to kick it off then by nodding to one of the greats?

MTV also announced that the show will also feature plenty of familiar faces both presenting and attending, including Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, Louis C.K., Bill Hader, Jimmy Fallon and Fallon's house band The Roots, who'll provide music for the ceremony. "SNL"'s Andy Samberg will also attend to perform the Lonely Island song "I Just Had Sex" live with R&B star Akon.

The Comedy Awards air April 10 at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central and various MTV-owned stations.